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Sen. Matt Hansen

District 26

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January 10, 2018

Senator Hansen introduces bill to provide tax relief to renters

Statement from Senator Hansen

LINCOLN, NE – Today, Senator Matt Hansen introduced LB 954, which would
provide refundable income tax credits to individuals who rent their primary

“My goal is to bring much-needed tax relief to the nearly 250,000 Nebraska
families and nearly 50,000 Lincoln families who rent their homes,” said Sen.
Hansen. “It is important to include renters in tax relief efforts because they
contribute so much to our local economies and tend to spend disproportionately
more of their income on housing than those who own their homes.”

Renters would be eligible for a credit equal to two percent of their total rent paid
in the previous year, up to $500. Currently, home owners are eligible for a similar
claim as a result of Nebraska’s Property Tax Credit Act. The median home value
in Nebraska is $155,000. Therefore, using the non-agland tax credit rate, the
2017 median tax credit for home owners will be about $136.


January 9, 2018

Senator Hansen introduces bill to protect workers from retaliation due to wage complaints

Statement from Senator Hansen

LINCOLN, NE – Today, Senator Matt Hansen introduced LB 916, which would
prevent workers from retaliation or discrimination after they file or are otherwise
involved in a complaint under the Nebraska Wage and Hour Act and the
Nebraska Wage Payment and Collection Act. Provisions of these acts ensure
compliance with the state’s minimum wage laws as well as compliance with
paying wages on regular pay periods and payment of wages owed after
employment ends.

“Today I introduced LB 916 so that workers feel able to come forward when their
employers fail to pay them wages they earned,” said Sen. Hansen. “While we
made important progress by recently increasing the state’s minimum wage, this
legislation will be serve as an effective enforcement tool to ensure all employees
actually receive their pay.”

“Protecting workers from retaliation and ensuring they do not face threats or
intimidation for exercising their rights is and should be an important priority
against discrimination,” added Susan Martin, President of the Nebraska State
AFL-CIO. “Effective laws aid in the prevention of inappropriate manipulation by
parties who seek to prevent workers from exercising their rights or retaliating
against them when they do.”


January 8, 2018

Senator Hansen introduces bill to strengthen local communities through early childhood education

Statement from Senator Hansen

LINCOLN, NE – Today, Senator Matt Hansen introduced LB 880 to incorporate
an early childhood element into city planning.

The proposal would ask cities to include an assessment and evaluation of quality
licensed early childhood education programs into new comprehensive plans or
full updates to existing plans and would apply to cities of the metropolitan,
primary, and first and second classes.

“Today I introduced LB 880 because high quality and affordable child care is
important for working families in Nebraska,” said Sen. Hansen. “It is also an
essential economic driver for local communities to retain and recruit new
businesses and employees. As a state, we should support families and support
economic growth in our cities through access to strong early childhood education

The legislation is important in helping cities create long-term plans to ensure
positive health and education outcomes for children of all ages.

LINCOLN, NE – High school students are invited to take on the role of state senators at the Unicameral Youth Legislature June 7-10. At the State Capitol, student senators will sponsor bills, conduct committee hearings, debate legislation and discover the unique process of the nation’s only unicameral.

The Unicameral Youth Legislature gives behind-the-scenes access to students who have an interest in public office, government, politics, law, public policy, debate or public speaking. Students will learn about the inner workings of the Legislature directly from senators and staff.

Registrants are encouraged to apply for a Speaker Greg Adams Civic Scholarship award, which covers the full cost of admission. Applicants must submit a short essay. Other $100 scholarships are also available.

The Office of the Clerk of the Nebraska Legislature coordinates the Unicameral Youth Legislature. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Extension 4-H Youth Development Office coordinates housing and recreational activities as part of the Big Red Summer Camps program.

To learn more about the program, go to or call (402) 471-0764. The deadline for registration is May 15.


April 16th, 2015


Ami Johnson
Nebraska Legislature
Unicameral Information Office
(402) 471-0764

Sen. Matt Hansen

District 26
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P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
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